Harriet Brown recently wrote a fabulous blog post about the "Obesity Paradox" which is a term coined to explain why fat people (obviously already on death's door) have better survival rates of chronic diseases. She also mentions a study about mortality going up with weight loss after age 50. Showing that perhaps we are a bit hasty in labeling fat=unhealthy.
This why we need to adopt HAES for healthy living. HAES encourages people of all sizes to eat well and move. Removing a weight-based paradigm allows people to enjoy health more. Fat people are pressured to lose weight and often engage in dangerous dieting or surgery. Thin people think they are immune to "Fat diseases" like diabetes and worry less about healthy living. The one thing that thin people do obsess about of course is gaining weight.
Speaking of dangerous dieting fellow Blogger Golda Poretsky has a three part interviewwith a Biggest Loser challenger. Kai Hibbard who talks about the horror of being a contestant on the show: How contestants were dehydrated, treated as less than human (under the guise of help) and caused Kai to develop eating disorders.So let's see:
HAES: eating healthy whole foods, moving with fun exercise, and loving my body.
Biggest Loser: Dehydration, starvation, overexercise, weight regain, humiliation.
Which do you think is healthier?